1929, Clement Wood, Bernarr Macfadden; A Study in Success, page 52
The city would have furnished systematic bodybuilding in a gymnasium, and a far more sensible diet.
1939, Henry Robinson Luce, Time (Jan. 30), page 66
Jonathan Orestes Jones was a puny lad, but he was smart enough to get a job as usher at Roxy's Theatre, and do bodybuilding exercises on the side. Result : he became a Grade-A physical specimen, soon headed his own body-building establishment […]
[…] popular sport of weight lifting or bodybuilding. Bodybuilding, it may surprise some readers to know, has thousands upon thousands of adherents in the United States and boasts a national organization as well as several flourishing periodicals […]
1960, Joel W. Carter, How to Make Athletic Equipment, page 306
This chapter is concerned only with equipment which is used mainly for bodybuilding and conditioning, and which has no direct affiliation with a particular sport.
1964 "Muscles are his business", Ebony (Dec.) 20 (2): 148
Stonewall, considered skinny as a youth, is proof of value of exercise, proper diet. Oldest of nine children, he was encouraged by dad, a physical fitness buff who kept bodybuilding equipment at home.
1974, Charles Gaines & George Butler, Pumping Iron: The Art and Sport of Bodybuilding, page 7.
Like those activities, bodybuilding is an obsession, a living (for a few), and a way of life for the people involved in it—a subculture, in a word, with its own values, aesthetics and vocabulary.
1983, Joe Weider, The Weider System of Bodybuilding, page 4.
Alternating off-season and precontest cycles in bodybuilding over a period of years will result in the relatively quick development of a championship physique.
1988, Steve Holman, "Christian Conquers Columbus", Ironman47 (6): 28-34.
As usual, the biggest and best in bodybuilding are in Columbus.
1997, John Romano, Muscle Meals, page 14.
Living in Venice, California and training at the Mecca of bodybuilding, Gold's Gym, I've seen some of the world's most dedicated and hard-training athletes.